EDUC 658 Issues in STEM Education 

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Shelley Lee
Not Offered Summer or Fall 2018

Tuition, Due Dates, and Registration

What You Will Learn

This course supports efforts to implement standards-based STEM curricula and focuses on designing or redesigning current educational curricula and courses using core STEM components and instructional strategies such as modeling, inquiry, habits of mind, and problem solving.

This course will explore successful ways for students to develop personal connections with the ideas and excitement of STEM fields, and explore how this can occur not only in the classroom but also through individualized and group experiences outside the classroom.

Learn effective instructional strategies for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Help learners meet Common Core Mathematics Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (which includes engineering). Explore STEM career pathways and examine data trends in STEM education.

Course Description

Issues related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; research-based instructional strategies for engaging diverse learners, and career pathways in STEM-related fields.

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education degree program.


Free e-textbooks will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet-capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

Bybee, R. W. (2013). The case for STEM education: challenges and opportunities. Arlington VA.: National Science Teachers Association - NSTA Press. ISBN: 978-1936959259

Trilling, B., & Fadel, C. (2009). 21st century skills: learning for life in our times. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 978-0470475386

If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook, instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the paperbacks new or used from

Additional readings will be available via the course modules.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the historical context of STEM education and analyze current socio-economic and political factors influencing public perception and funding of STEM education in the United States. .
  2. Research and analyze the difference between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills needed to meet the nation’s current workforce development needs in STEM-related fields.
  3. Analyze local, state, and/or national data comparing equity gaps for students entering STEM-related careers.
  4. Apply research-based methods for teaching STEM content and concepts.
  5. Apply research-based strategies for differentiation of STEM instruction for diverse students including culture/race, ability/disability, gender, age, socioeconomic status.
  6. Analyze strategies for overcoming barriers to applying instructional strategies that infuse problem-solving, rigorous and relevant questions, systems thinking, problem identification, formulation and solution into instruction and develop strategies to overcome the difficulty.
  7. Self-assess current status of STEM education attributes in personal classroom, building, and local district.
  8. Apply research-based strategies to develop a coherent STEM classroom, school, or district action plan.
  9. Apply evidence-based research and redesign a classroom activity utilizing STEM education attributes.
  10. Evaluate local opportunities for school-community partnerships to implement STEM education standards.

Who Should Enroll

  • Tech integration teachers
  • Educational technology teachers
  • Elementary, middle school, and high school educators who teach life science, biology, earth science, physical science, physics, chemistry, algebra, advanced algebra, geometry, precalculus, calculus, Advanced Placement math and science,
  • Those working with incarcerated youth outside of traditional K-12 education

Enroll in this course to meet your goals for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • continuing education refresher course
  • graduate credits/electives
  • transfer the credit to another university

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program.

No travel to campus - 100% Online

  • Participate 24/7 from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.
  • The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component.
  • All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox.
  • Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.
  • There are no required "live" chat sessions.
  • This is not a self-paced class.

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